Saturday, December 22, 2012

NCC-Mac December 2012 Non-Meeting


There is no meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users for the month of December 2012. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 31, 2013, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library. Until then Happy Hanukkah (belated), End of the World (postponed), Festivus, Christmas, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, New Year, Epiphany, MLK Jr Day.

In the mean time, here are some of Apple’s software products (and one non-Apple product) that were updated since our November meeting. Run Software Update or visit <http://support.apple.com/downloads/> to see if your System needs any of these.



Thursday, November 29, 2012

More about iTunes 11

Here are a couple of links to early articles about iTunes 11:

iTunes 11 for old fogies

iTunes 11 Walkthrough

Outline of November 2012 NCC-Mac Meeting


Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements. If you're a former Verizon email user, please give us your new address.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads
This update contains improvements and bug fixes.
Nov 1, 2012
iPhone 5
iPhone 4S
iPhone 4
iPhone 3GS
iPad (3rd generation)
iPad 2
iPod touch (4th generation)
iPhoto 9.4.2
Supports compatibility with OS X Mountain Lion
Nov 1, 2012 - 758.58 MB
OS X Lion 10.7.5 
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 or later
This update installs the latest software for your Lexmark printer or scanner.
Nov 6, 2012 - 176.60 MB
Mountain Lion
Mac OS X 10.6 or later
OS X Lion 10.7 or later
This update installs the latest software for your Canon printer or scanner.
Nov 6, 2012 - 342.52 MB
OS X Mountain Lion
Mac OS X 10.6.1 or later
OS X Lion or later
This update addresses an issue with Keychain that can affect 2012 Mac systems.
Nov 20, 2012 - 26.65 MB
OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2
This update addresses an issue with MacBook Pro (mid 2012) and some Thunderbolt cables that 
may prevent bus-powered Thunderbolt devices from functioning properly.
Nov 27, 2012 - 442 KB
OS X Lion 10.7.4 or later
iTunes 11
With a dramatically simplified player, a completely redesigned Store, and iCloud features you'll 
love—this is the best iTunes yet.
Nov 29, 2012 - OS X (191.08 MB ) Windows (83.01 MB) Windows64 (84.72 MB)
Completely Redesigned. iTunes makes it more fun to explore and enjoy your music, movies, and TV shows. You'll love the beautiful edge-to-edge design, custom designs for each album, movie, or TV show in your library, and getting personal recommendations any time you click In the Store. 
A New Store. The iTunes Store has been completely redesigned and now features a clean look that makes it simpler than ever to see what's hot and discover new favorites. 
Play purchases from iCloud. Your music, movie, and TV show purchases in iCloud now appear inside your library. Just sign-in with your Apple ID to see them. Double-click to play them directly from iCloud or download a copy you can sync to a device or play while offline.
Up Next. It's now simple to see which songs are playing next, all from a single place. Just click the Up Next icon in the center display and they'll instantly appear. You can even reorder, add, or skip songs whenever you like. 
New MiniPlayer. You can now do a whole lot more with a lot less space. In addition to showing what's playing, MiniPlayer now includes album art, adds Up Next, and makes it easy to search for something new to play—all from a smaller and more elegant design. 
Improved search. It's never been easier to find what you're looking for in iTunes. Just type in the search field and you'll instantly see results from across your entire library. Select any result and iTunes takes you right to it. 
Playback syncing. iCloud now remembers your place in a movie or TV show for you. Whenever you play the same movie or episode from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV, it will continue right where you left off.

Mac OS X version 10.6.8 or later
This update adds RAW image compatibility for cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
Nov 29, 2012 - 5.06 MB
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
Canon EOS M
Canon PowerShot G15
Canon PowerShot S110
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Nikon D600
Nikon 1 J2
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ200
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G5
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7
Sony Alpha NEX-F3
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 

OS X 10.8.2 or later
Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later
The next meeting will be held Thursday, January 31, 2013, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
Finding Bargains at the App Stores
The App Stores
appshopper.com
Has numerous RSS feeds
AppyDays
OS X 10.6.8 or later, 64-bit
Store news
OS X 10/6 or later
Apps On Sale Lite
OS X 10.6 or later
Apps On Sale
OS X 10.6 or later, $2.99
Bodega
appbodega.com
OS X 10.6 or later
Q&A, General Discussion

Sunday, November 25, 2012

NCC-Mac November 2012 Meeting Announcement


By overwhelming popular demand, the next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, November 29, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

Since many Black Friday discounts appear to be in force until the end of the month or even longer, this month's topic is "Finding Bargains at the App Stores."

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Outline of October 2012 NCC-Mac Meeting


Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements. If you're a former Verizon email user, please give us your new address.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads
iPhoto 9.4.1
Supports compatibility with OS X Mountain Lion
Oct 1, 2012 - 757.62 MB
What's New in Version 9.4.1
Improves the reliability of syncing to iOS devices via iTunes 
Fixes an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly when using the Export command  
Addresses an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly when upgrading multiple books, cards, and calendars
Resolves an issue with downloading and viewing photos synced from Facebook albums

System Requirements
OS X Lion 10.7.5 
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 or later
The OS X v10.8.2 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running OS X Mountain Lion 
v10.8.2.
Oct 4, 2012 - 26.65 MB
The OS X v10.7.5 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running OS X Lion v10.7.5.
Oct 4, 2012 - 2.0.2 MB
This update installs the latest software for your Lexmark printer or scanner.
Oct 4, 2012 - 171.68 MB
System Requirements
Mountain Lion
Mac OS X 10.6 or later
OS X Lion 10.7 or later
This update installs the latest software for your EPSON printer or scanner.
Oct 4, 2012 - 1.03 GB
System Requirements
OS X Mountain Lion
OS X Lion
Mac OS X 10.6 or later
This update installs the latest software for your Canon printer or scanner.
Oct 4, 2012 - 322.10 MB
System Requirements
OS X Mountain Lion
Mac OS X 10.6.1 or later
OS X Lion or later
This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software for OS X Mountain Lion, OS X 
Lion and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard.
Oct 11, 2012 - 439.55 MB
System Requirements
OS X Mountain Lion
OS X Lion
Mac OS X v.10.6 Snow Leopard
Java for OS X 2012-006 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java 
SE 6 to 1.6.0_37.
Oct 16, 2012 - 67.2 MB
This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled "Missing plug-in" to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.

System Requirements
OS X Lion v10.7 or later
OS X Mountain Lion v10.8 or later
Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 11 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by 
updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_37.
Oct 16, 2012 - 81.9 MB
On systems that have not already installed Java for Mac OS X 10.6 update 9 or later, this update will configure web browsers to not automatically run Java applets. Java applets may be re-enabled by clicking the region labeled "Inactive plug-in" on a web page. If no applets have been run for an extended period of time, the Java web plug-in will deactivate.
This update adds RAW image compatibility for cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
Oct 24, 2012 - 5.04 MB
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
Canon EOS M
Canon PowerShot G15
Canon PowerShot S110
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Nikon D600
Nikon 1 J2
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ200
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G5
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7
Sony Alpha NEX-F3
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 

System Requirements
OS X 10.8.2 or later
Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later
This update is recommended for all X11 users and resolves an issue that may cause X11 
applications to unexpectedly quit.
Oct 25, 2012 - 7.13 MB
The next meeting will be held Thursday, November 29, 2012, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
Apple's "We've got a little more to show you" Event, October 23, 2012
iBooks Author
New templates
Embedded fonts for custom look
Mathematical expressions can be directly rendered
Multi-Touch widgets
iBooks updates can grab latest version of textbooks
Available as a free download
iBooks
New continuous reading option
More iCloud integration saves the spot you were reading
Sharing features available for Facebook and Twitter
40 new languages supported
Mac mini
New base of 2.5 GHz quad-core i7 processor
4GB of RAM
Dual 1TB HDDs
Starts at $599
New iMacs
5mm thin at the edge
45% thinner display is laminated to the glass with 75% less reflection
27-inch and 21.5 inch models available
FaceTime HD camera, Dual microphones, and stereo speakers
Up to 768GB flash storage, 32GB of RAM, Core i5 or i7 processor and NVIDIA graphics
Four USB 3.0, three Thunderbolt ports
Fusion Drive combines 128GB Flash storage and either 1 or 3TB HDD
21.5-inch iMac starts at $1299, 27-inch iMac $1799
21.5-inch available in November, 27-inch iMac available in December
13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display
20% thinner than previous model at 0.75 inches thick
3.5 lb.. Lightest MacBook Pro ever
No optical drive, 2 Thunderbolt ports, MagSafe 2, SD Card slot, HDMI out and 2 USBs
Retina display is 13.3 inch on the diagonal and a 2560 x 1600 resolution
Up to 768GB of flash storage, 8GB of RAM, Intel HD 4000 graphics, and Bluetooth 4.0
7 Hour battery life
Starting price is $1699
iPad (fourth generation)
A6X processor doubles CPU and graphics performance
10 hours of battery life
FaceTime camera is 720p
Retina display
Lightning connector supported, and 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band WiFi and LTE
Black and white models available
16GB Wifi starts at $499
Preorders start October 26th
iPad mini
7.9-inch screen with 1024-by-768 resolution
New aluminum glass enclosure
23% thinner than 4th gen. iPad at 7.2mm thin
0.68 lb. (half the weight of the 4th gen. iPad)
Dual-core A5 chip
FaceTime HD camera
5MP iSight camera on the back
LTE wireless with 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band WiFi
Lightning connector
10-hour battery life
Comes in black and white models
16GB Wifi starts at $329
Pre-orders start October 26th
Wifi models available in stores Nov. 2nd. Wifi+4G available mid-November
Q&A, General Discussion

Sunday, October 21, 2012

NCC-Mac October 2012 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh users is Thursday, October 25, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

Last month Apple introduced a few new iGadgets. This week they are announcing the remaining items in their glossy Holiday Gift Catalog.

The MacPundits are all furiously trying to out-speculate each other over what Apple will announce. I'll have a summary of what really got announced.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Slideshow of September 2012 NCC-Mac Meeting

Here is the link to the bitmap version of the slideshow of the September 2012 NCC-Mac meeting. You don't get the 90-second video clip in this version, but you do get the URL to that ebook I mentioned.

Outline of September 2012 NCC-Mac Meeting


Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements. If you're a former Verizon email user, please give us your new address.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads
Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 10 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by 
updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_35.
Sep 4, 2012 - 81.9 MB
This update configures web browsers to not automatically run Java applets. Java applets may be re-enabled by clicking the region labeled "Inactive plug-in" on a web page. If no applets have been run for an extended period of time, the Java web plug-in will deactivate.
Java for OS X 2012-005 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java 
SE 6 to 1.6.0_35.
Sep 4, 2012 - 67.2 MB
Java for OS X 2012-005 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_35.
This update configures the Java plug-in to deactivate when no applets are run for an extended period of time. If the prior update named "Java for OS X 2012-004" was not installed, this update will disable the Java web plug-in immediately. Java applets may be re-enabled by clicking the region labeled "Inactive plug-in" on a web page.
iMovie 9.0.8
Addresses an issue related to third-party QuickTime components that could prevent iMovie from 
opening
Sep 5, 2012 - 1.08 GB
OS X Lion v10.7.4 or later
iTunes 10.7
iTunes 10.7 adds support for iOS 6 running on compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. 
This update also adds support for the latest iPod nano and iPod shuffle models.
Sep 12, 2012 - OS X (157.33 MB ) Windows (74.91 MB) Windows64 (76.79 MB)
Mac OS X version 10.6.8 or later
iPhoto 9.4
Supports compatibility with OS X Mountain Lion
Sep 19, 2012 - 757.61 MB
OS X Lion 10.7.5 
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 or later
Security Update 2012-004 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X.
Sep 19, 2012 - 2.36 MB
The 10.7.5 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system 
fixes that improve the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.
Sep 19, 2012 - 1.91 GB
The 10.7.5 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system 
fixes that improve the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.
Sep 19, 2012 - 1.14 GB
The 10.8.2 update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes new features 
and fixes.
Sep 19, 2012 - 665.39 MB
The 10.8.2 update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes new features 
and fixes.
Sep 19, 2012 - 665.48 MB
This update contains over 200 new features
Sep 19, 2012
This update is recommended for MacBook Pro (mid 2012) models. This update resolves an issue 
which can cause the system to hang during heavy processor loads.
Sep 19, 2012 - 4.29 MB
This update is recommended for MacBook Pro with Retina display (mid 2012) models.
Sep 19, 2012 - 4.97 MB
This update is recommended for MacBook Air (mid 2012) models.
Sep 19, 2012 - 4.76 MB
This update enables Power Nap support on MacBook Air (Late 2010) computers and is 
recommended for all users running OS X v10.8.2 or later.
Sep 19, 2012 - 658 KB
The 3.6.1 update is recommended for all Apple Remote Desktop clients and addresses several 
issues related to overall reliability, usability and compatibility.
Sep 24, 2012 - 3.69 MB
OS X Lion 10.7 or later
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 
The next meeting will be held Thursday, October 25, 2012, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
Apple Special Event, September 2012 in 90 Seconds
Q&A, General Discussion

Sunday, September 23, 2012

NCC-Mac September 2012 Meeting Announcement


The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh users is Thursday, September 27, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

This month's topic "Apple Special Event, September 2012 in 90 Seconds."

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Outline of August 2012 NCC-Mac Meeting


Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements. If you're a former Verizon email user, please give us your new address.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads
This download includes the latest Samsung printing and scanning software for OS X Mountain 
Lion, OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard.
Aug 8, 2012 - 15.3 MB
This update installs the latest software for your printer or scanner.
Aug 8, 2012 - 40.9 MB
This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software for OS X Mountain Lion, OS X 
Lion and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard.
Aug 23, 2012 - 473.4 MB
This update includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability and compatibility of 
your Mac.
Aug 23, 2012 - 24.2 MB
The next meeting will be held Thursday, September 27, 2012, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
iTunes 101
Free Resources
OS X Help Center
Paid Resources
Q&A, General Discussion